Nursing Leadership Volunteer at King's Sierra Leone Partnership – University of Copenhagen

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05 July 2018

Nursing Leadership Volunteer at King's Sierra Leone Partnership

Terms of reference
Start date: As soon as possible
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Placement duration: 6-12 months

About the King's Sierra Leone Partnership

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is a long-term capacity building partnership between King’s Health Partners in London
and key partner institutions in Sierra Leone. KSLP aims to help strengthen Sierra Leone’s health system by improving training,
clinical services, policy and research. Key partners include the College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Connaught
Government Hospital and the Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MOHS).

Connaught Hospital is Sierra Leone’s main adult teaching and referral hospital. It is one of the hospitals in the newly designated
Teaching Hospitals Complex and according to the national recovery plan will act as a hub of quality care that will set norms and
standards across the country. As Connaught moves forward to improve patient care, there is a need to improve nursing practice
through the development of nursing leadership. There is also a need to improve the protocols and policy to support safe and
effective care and to facilitate nursing leadership.

The Role
KSLP is looking to recruit a Nurse Leadership Volunteer for its in-country team as soon as possible. This person will be based in
Freetown and will have a critical role in supporting nursing leaders in Connaught Hospital and working with the MOHS.

Specifically, the role will include the following areas of work:
• Working with senior nursing staff and the MOHS to develop, implement, and monitor nursing policies and protocols to
improve delivery of care
• Providing in-service training to ward sisters based on policies and other priority areas identified by our partners, and
supporting them to train their staff
• Monitoring the implementation process and addressing issues as they arise in the clinical setting
• Providing support to senior nursing management in Connaught
• Working with the rest of the KSLP team to contribute to service wide quality improvement initiatives
• Supporting nursing education through developing mentorship and delivery of guest lectures at COMAHS
• Contributing to developing in country research capacity and supporting evaluation of our approach

Person Specification
• Qualifications: A nursing degree. Professional registration in home country.
• Experience: At least 5 years post graduate experience with at least 1 year experience at ward management level in a
hospital setting. Previous travel or work experience in low income countries
• Personal Characteristics: Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, as well as confidence working with senior
colleagues. Skilled at multitasking and prioritising, working independently with minimal supervision, leading and designing
projects autonomously. Keen interest in nursing leadership
• It would be advantageous if the candidate had: Postgraduate management qualification. Senior management experience.
Experience of service improvement and policy development. Experience in education and training. More than six months’
work experience in Africa. A keen interest in health systems and service improvement, rather than clinical activity alone.

Support provided to Volunteers
This is a 6-12 months unpaid voluntary position. The post holder will be provided with:
• Return flights to and from initial post, plus one paid leave flight to and from Freetown for every six months in post
• £500 monthly stipend for living expenses, paid in local currency
• Multi-entry visa, residency permit & professional registration
• Vaccinations & antimalarials
• Insurance
• Accommodation in a shared KSLP house

For more information or to apply
Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to volunteer@kslp.org.uk 

Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.